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WICHITA, Kan. - Friday night, Wichita State University's feminist group FOCUS (Feminists On Campus Uniting Students) will be hosting an event at the CAC Theater from 7:00 pm -10:00 pm. Join us in celebrating and supporting a woman's right to choose while enjoying local folk and rock n' roll music!

Artists: Michelle Monger, Degenerate List, Justin France

Speakers: Peggy Bowman, Kari Ann Rinker

Organizations: WSU FOCUS, Peggy Bowman Second Chance Fund, Kansas National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Missouri

Click here to RSVP on Facebook to attend this concert!


WICHITA, Kan. - The 7th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival takes place this weekend in Wichita.

It is a 3 day Independent film festival taking place in 6 different downtown locations. It is the largest film festival in Kansas and features over 100 films. Visit the website to purchase tickets, see the schedule of films, you can even plan and create your personal schedule for the weekend.

This will be the third year that I will be attending the Opening Night Gala. It always features an excellent film followed by a fun after party with food, an open bar and entertainment. Tonight's Gala features a film called The Good Indian.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Members of a local chapter of the national activist group, Billionaires for Wealthcare, came out of their homes in Kansas City this weekend to make an unusual appearance on that city's streets. Well-heeled, the group of about twenty protesters arrived in style, by limousine. They carried signs that said, "Whatever happened to an apple a day?" and "Fight Socialism, End Medicare Now!"

These weren't billionaires. Their group was comprised of local progressive activists providing a bit of irony. However, it may have taken some real conservatives awhile to catch on. A right wing Tea Party Protest was commencing at the same time in front of the NBC station, with the goal of admonishing the local affiliate for airing Keith Olbermann's shows. Though it wasn't the original intention of the Billionaires group, the progressives decided to mingle with the conservatives.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Richard Gage, architect, founder and CEO of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), will appear at the Hudson Auditorium at Johnson County Community College at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. Gage is expected to give a multimedia presentation on behalf of more than 900 architects and engineers in his organization who question the official explanation of what happened to the three buildings of the World Trade Center that collapsed Sept. 11, 2001. Gage is currently touring the country speaking about his belief that it is not possible for fires alone to have caused the collapse of the three steel-framed skyscrapers in the WTC complex on that day.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The National Equality March organized by Equality Across America drew an estimated 200,000 marchers to Washington, DC, on Sunday October 11th. Included in the sea of marchers were 13 marchers from Manhattan - 11 students from Kansas State University's LGBTQ & More organization and two from the Flint Hills Human Rights Project.

This was my third march for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. At the height of the AIDS crisis, I had returned to the US in 1987 from my then home in Italy to be part of a very angry march as the LGBT community dealt with President Reagan who refused to respond to the growing AIDS crisis or even speak of it in public. By the time the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt was unfolded on the Mall at that march, I had made eight panels, including one for my former partner.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Women's Study Program at Kansas State University is bringing world-renowned environmental justice advocate, Dr. Vandana Shiva, to speak at KSU on Friday, October 16th, at 7:00 pm in the McCain Auditorium.

A native of India, Dr. Shiva is a trained physicist, ecofeminist, and founding member of Navdanya - "nine seeds" - a participatory research initiative on global environmental justice based in New Delhi.

Shireen Roshanravan, Ph.D., Asst. Professor of Women's Studies at KSU, is hoping that this upcoming event will have lasting benefits for progressive dialogue. Dr. Roshanravan told us...

OTTAWA, Kan. - On Saturday, September 26, the Franklin County Democratic Party held a food drive in Ottawa. Country Mart, a local grocery store, was generous enough to allow the county party set up outside their doors. A group of dedicated local Democrats stood outside for six hours and collected an amazing amount of food, tolietries, and other household essentials. The drive benefited two Ottawa pantries, Hope House and ECKAN.

The community of Franklin County and Ottawa answered the call of help to those less fortunate. In such difficult economic times the volunteers received several large, generous donations. Through this food drive, the citizens of Ottawa displayed an amazing showing of giving and compassion to our fellow community members who need the donations.

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